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Measure passes broadly passes with 56-17 vote, but lacks legal power

Many politicians across the U.S. have already made their mind up about climate change and refuse to consider recent allegations of academic misconduct among prominent climate researchers, or other plausible explanations for climate change, such as sun cycles.  Across the country, there are many folks that haven't blindly accepted the theory, though.

Utah's heavily Republican state legislature has passed a new resolution which condemns climate change alarmism.  The resolution lacks any legal authority, but vocally criticizes the anthropogenic global warming community for ignoring recent developments.

The legislation, which resoundingly passed by a vote of 56-17, originally referred to global warming theory as a "conspiracy", but that term was stricken from the measure in favor of "climate data".  

A small excerpt from the measure is:

WHEREAS, there has been a concerted effort by climate change alarmists to marginalize those in the scientific community who are skeptical of global warming by manipulating or pressuring peer-reviewed publications to keep contrary or competing scientific viewpoints and findings on global warming from being reviewed and published; 

WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a blend of government officials and scientists, does no independent climate research but relies on global climate researchers;

WHEREAS, Earth's climate is constantly changing with recent warming potentially an indication of a return to more normal temperatures following a prolonged cooling period from 1250 to 1860 called the "Little Ice Age"; 

The bill points out that pending warming legislation will earn its proponents "more than $7 billion annually in federal government grants".  Originally those grants were referred to as the "the climate change 'gravy train'", but that language was removed from the measure.

The bill is critical of the U.S. Environmental Agency and President Barack Obama's calls to regulate greenhouse gases nationally.  Representative Mike Noel says the warming scare is an example of profiteers posing as environmentalists and exploiting the public for their own gain.  He states, "Sometimes ... we need to have the courage to do nothing."

Arizona is considering similar legislation.

The only potential downside of the measures, is that they could give local environmentalists means to challenge future nuclear plant construction in the states.  President Obama has championed nuclear plant construction, but says that he's doing it to "combat climate change."



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RE: Great
By clovell on 2/17/2010 12:23:14 PM , Rating: 2
I think he means that it's weird to fight politicized junk-science with politics. I think we'd all be much happier if this entire issue had stayed in the realm of science long enough to be reasonably settled before politicians got ahold of it.


RE: Great
By porkpie on 2/17/2010 12:42:52 PM , Rating: 1
But this issue left 'the realm of science' more than 10 years ago. We already have laws on the books that are affecting our lives because of this nonsense.

High time politicians started to wake up and take action, in my opinion.


RE: Great
By Reclaimer77 on 2/17/2010 3:01:51 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I think he means that it's weird to fight politicized junk-science with politics. I think we'd all be much happier if this entire issue had stayed in the realm of science long enough to be reasonably settled before politicians got ahold of it.


umm no, these are our elected officials who saw fit to make laws and rulings that have directly effected our lives. Based on a total criminal fraud backed up with junk science from evil and biased men.

Those same elected officials have a right, no, an OBLIGATION to set things right. It's their JOB.


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